Repair & Renew Grant

The government has announced a scheme to provide grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses that had been flooded between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 to install resilience and/ or resistance measures to their property.

This has now been extended to include properties flooded between 1 April 13 and 30 November 13.

Those who were affected and have already installed such measures may make a retrospective application for the Repair and Renew Grant (RRG) – please note this does not guarantee your application will be successful.

The applicant must be the person responsible for the fabric of the property, normally the property owner.

  • Residential properties (including static caravans where primary residence) where habitable internal areas of the premise have been damaged by flooding between the 1 April 2013 and the 31 March 2014.
  • Business (including social enterprise) and charitable organisation properties where internal areas of the premise which are critical to the day to day operations (i.e. not storage sheds or warehouses) have been damaged by flooding between the 1 April 2013 and the 31 March 2014.

Scheme criteria

  • The interior of the home or business premises must have been damaged by flooding between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. Please see definition above.
  • The applicant must not have received other sources of public or insurance funding to establish the same resilience /resistance measures being applied for in this grant application. You should discuss the application with your insurance provider.
  • In other areas of the country some properties might be excluded from the RRG scheme if they are going to benefit from a community level flood defence scheme being built within the next year. This may apply to some properties in Manor Park and Chalvey.
  • Applicants should consult the Property Protection Adviser website and other sources of information referenced in this guidance, to help select the most appropriate resilience and/ or resistance measures for the nature of the flood risk to their property.
  • Business applicants will need to comply with state aid regulations. State aid law is how the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses. To be eligible for RRG support businesses must not have received more than 200,000 euros of public funding in the last 3 years. For farming businesses the limit is reduced to 15,000 euros over the last three years.

What can the grant money be spent on

We can offer up to £5,000 (including VAT) to fund additional flood resilience and/or resistance measures. These measures are quite specific and applications will not be accepted to replace items like carpets, curtains or furniture.

£5,000 grant funding towards 100% of the costs (including VAT) of purchasing and installing appropriate resilience and/or resistance measures. The National Flood Forum website will help you choose the most appropriate resilience/resistance measures for the nature of flooding in your area - not all of the identified measures may be appropriate for the type of flood risk to their property, and may make limited difference to protecting or minimising the damage to the premises.

List of flood resistance and resilience measures that are covered by the scheme.

Professional advice

It is recommended that you seek professional advice on which measure(s) may best protect your property prior to making an application. As flooding can occur for a variety of reasons, you can install measures which would make little or no difference to future protection. It is very unlikely that property level protection (flood defence measures such as flood gates, air brick covers, non return valves for toilets and drains) will prevent future flooding to your home or business but informed resilience and/or resistance measures can reduce the level of risk or damage incurred.

If you choose to do this, you can claim back up to £500 of the cost as part of your application (within the total £5,000 including VAT that you can apply for).

If the measures exceed £5,000

If you decide to implement measures costing more than £5,000, and are successful with this grant application we can offer up to £5,000 of the cost (including VAT) and you will need to cover the difference.